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Old 09-16-2006, 07:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I currently have a Verizon service plan and I'm considering getting the new 8703e when it is released. I need a phone that I can use when traveling to Europe, just for the PIN messaging with family in the States. I don't need to use it for making calls or any other service. I like Verizon and don't want to switch unless I have to. Also, I don't fully understand how the PIN messaging works and if it is possible for me to take a BB overseas and use the PIN BB to BB communication without changing from Verizon. Thanks for the help, I'm a rookie BB user.
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Old 09-16-2006, 07:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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no you don't have to change carrier. You should be able to use bb messenger no problem.
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Old 09-16-2006, 09:10 PM   #3 (permalink)
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PIN messaging is like texting with a couple of differences. It uses the data portion of your account like email so you don't ring up SMS charges. The address to which you send the messages is the unique PIN number of a Blackberry, not the phone number or email address. It's only Blackberry to Blackberry and goes through the RIM servers.
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So you don't need to have GSM connection being that there is no CDMA in Europe?
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So you don't need to have GSM connection being that there is no CDMA in Europe?
I think some of the previous posters may have missed the main point of the OP's question. Unfortunately, the Verizon 8703e (as any other CDMA-only device) will be completely useless in Europe. No phone calls, no emails, no SMS, no BB PIN messaging, nothing.
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thats what i thought. i almost got confused.
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I think some of the previous posters may have missed the main point of the OP's question. Unfortunately, the Verizon 8703e (as any other CDMA-only device) will be completely useless in Europe. No phone calls, no emails, no SMS, no BB PIN messaging, nothing.
Actually, he asked two questions and people only answered half of the second question. PIN messaging works regardless of carrier but as mentioned, Verizon is worthless across the pond.
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Actually, he asked two questions and people only answered half of the second question. PIN messaging works regardless of carrier but as mentioned, Verizon is worthless across the pond.
I think we're splitting hairs here. I think he asked ONE compound question, and a couple of (helpful, knowledgeable, and well-meaning) posters only answered the first half of the OP's compound question, which resulted in unintentionally giving confusing information to the OP.

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Old 09-18-2006, 01:23 PM   #9 (permalink)
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First -> you need a connection to a compatible network (carrier or roaming), in this case a CDMA connection

RIM do not have their own towers to pick up signals from the BB but using the carriers network

Second -> then you can pin, sms, do the heck you want with your BB


So, for those travelling to Europe, try Satellite Phones, World Phones, International Cell Phones, BlackBerry and World Internet or Satellite Phones, World Phones, International Cell Phones, BlackBerry and World Internet to rent a BB while your there
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